Wolf’s Rain Original Soundtrack 2 – Review

Wolf's Rain

Album Title: Wolf’s Rain Original Soundtrack 2
Anime Title: Wolf’s Rain
Artist: Yoko Kanno, Maaya Sakamoto, Ilaria Graziano, Franco Sansalone, Steve Conte
Catalog Number: VICL-61280
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: April 21, 2004
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Composer of the Month – Yoko Kanno

Overview: Among the most prolific of anime composers, Yoko Kanno stands as one of the most loved and sought-after songwriters in the industry. Her works are particularly notable for covering a huge swath of genres; from the pumping synth-techno of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex to the sweeping spiritual chanting of Earth Girl Arjuna, Kanno dabs her compositional brush into many styles. Arguably the most famous of her scores is that of the jazzy Cowboy Bebop, likely many peoples’ first encounter with Kanno and the soundtrack with which she is most frequently associated. In addition to her anime works, she’s composed music for commercials, live-action movies, and several video games. Lastly, she’s also an excellent J-pop composer, whose works have been performed by such high-profile artists as Maaya Sakamoto, Crystal Kay, Aki Okui, and more recently, May’n and Megumi Nakajima in the latest installment of the Macross franchise.

In case you’re here to only listen to the soundclips and not read any of the text, below is the master list of all the pieces featured in this profile entry in order. It’ll save time if you don’t want to have to click through each and every track.

Master List

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Tamayura Original Soundtrack – Review

Album Title: Tamayura Original Soundtrack
Anime Title: Tamayura
Artist: Nobuyuki Nakajima, Yumi Matsutoya, Antonín Dvořák,
Katsutoshi Kitagawa, DEPAPEPE, Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Nakajima
Catalog Number: VTCL-60234
Release Type: Soundtrack
Release Date: December 22, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan, Play-Asia

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Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru/Tamayura OP Single – Down Town/Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara – Review

Album Title: Down Town / Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara
Anime Title: Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru; Tamayura
Artist: Maaya Sakamoto, Tatsurou Yamashita, Takayuki Hattori,
Yumi Arai, Depapepe, Kazuhiko Kato, J.A.M.
Catalog Number: VTCL-35092
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: October 20, 2010
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Reminiscing over the Decade’s Anime Music – 2003

2003 brings back a lot of fond memories since that was the year that my interest in the medium was rekindled after going on a one-year hiatus. By that time, I had completely settled into my new environment, made quite a few friends, and more importantly, I had a sense of direction. That peace of mind helped free up more time and through a friend, I was compelled to give anime another shot since a lot of good shows were airing, some of which would end up on my all-time favorites list. It would be an overstatement to call this period an anime renaissance, but at the time, it sure felt that way to me.

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